Current CARE Projects Improv Comedy Jessica MacCormac, DO Dr. MacCormac piloted improv workshops with youth at the Boys and Girls Club of Rochester to improve teen mental health by improving confidence and skills in public speaking, creativity, etc. KidsThrive585.org Megan Callanan, MD and Catherine Agricola, MD Dr. Callanan started a website called "KidsThrive585.org." This website is a child-focused Rochester, NY area resource that highlights good works occuring throughout the community. As of July 2013, Dr. Agricola has joined Dr. Callanan on this project. Their partner is 211/LIFE LINE. Watch a video about this project. Drs. Callanan & Agricola's abstract “KidsThrive585.org: Facilitating Community Connections in the Medical Home" was accepted for a platform presentation at the 2015 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting. Summer Slide Erin Kelly, MD In collaboration with Dr. Carol St. George at the Warner School of Education, Dr. Kelly is conducting an intervention, modeled after a successful study, providing elementary school students at Rochester School #36 with individual collections of self-selected new books at the start of the summer to promote summer reading. Using assessments currently conducted on students’ reading proficiency, she evaluated this intervention. Her pilot last year was successful and she replicated it on a larger scale this year with grant support from M &T Bank and the Brighter Days Foundation. Dr. Kelly's abstract “Stories to Stop the Summer Slide: Books to Prevent Summer Learning Loss Among Low-Income Students” was accepted for a poster presentation at the 2015 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting. Junk Food Advertising Glenn Buchberger, MD Dr. Buchberger will collaborate with Culver Medical Group to promote the drinking of water instead of the drinking of soda by patients and physicians. Literacy and the Library Carol Fries, MD & Karla Suter, MD Their project aims to introduce the public library as a self-sustainable literacy-promoting resource in an effort to improve literacy outcomes among inner city children. Their pilot, conducted with the Monroe County Library and Rochester's Freedom School, was successful and they are looking for other ways to encourage library use. Telemedicine for Teens with Type I Diabetes Diana Miller, MD Dr. Miller is interested in helping Rochester youth struggling with IDDM to achieve optimal control of blood sugar. She is collaborating with RCSD school based health centers and the UR Pediatric Diabetes Clinic. She is providing individualized health coaching via Telemedicine. Healthy Family, Healthy Neighborhood Candace Tannis, MD, MPH Dr. Tannis has partnered with North East Area Development (NEAD) of Rochester to help families make better beverage and food choices for children by incorporating the American Academy Pediatrics (AAP) into the resources available during home visits by health educators. Developmental Screening Christina Wu, MD, MPH Dr. Wu wants to improve early detection of developmental problems especially in immigrants and refugees. Effectiveness Consulting for Projects John Wax, MD Dr. Wax would like to share his passion for evidence-based practice with students and other planning community projects. Zumba! Anna Bottar, MD, Margaret Hart, MD and Roxana Pourdeyhimi, MD Drs. Bottar, Hart and Pourdeyhimi want to improve physical activity opportunities for inner city girls. LARC (Long-Acting Reversible Contraception) Training Emily Nebzydoski, MD Dr. Nebzydoski wants to help prevent teen pregnancy by training pediatrics residents in LARC insertion.